WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH EVENT: HONORING TWO MAJOR DOUCHEBAGS, FORMER QUEENS BP CLAIRE SCHULMAN & SE QUEENS POLITICAL HACK VIVIAN COOK

CHRIST, out of the 6 women to honor, you could not come up with someone better than these two political whores, Claire Schulman and Vivian Cook. Damn, talk about scraping the barrel. And this after the nauseating memorial accolades for that other hack and former Queens BP Helen Marshall.

Might as well just honor a bag of shit. To honor people like Marshall, Schulman and Cook, who have been so fucking destructive of Queens, selling it out like a whore and in the case of Cook, hanging on for a paycheck, is well, what can I say, FUCKED UP. Keep on honoring the dishonorable. The bullshit never ends.

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From Queens Tribune:

Queens Tribune To Honor Six Cracking The Glass Ceiling At Women’s History Month Event

AND THE BULLSHIT ACCOLADES OF DEAD AS A DOORKNOB IDIOT FORMER QUEENS BP HELEN MARSHALL CONTINUES – THIS TIME COURTESY OF QUEENS PRESS AND MRS. LEROY COMRIE

In this day and age there are a few overused and  improperly used words in our lexicon, mostly by mediocre media outlets. Words such as “ICON” & “LEGEND”, so it is no surprise that the word “legendary” is being used to describe the dead idiots savant, Helen Marshall, by none other than Queens Press and Marcia Moxam Comrie, Leroy’s other half.

Helen Marshall, legendary. If you are referring to incompetent, sell-out, real estate lobby whore, stupid, destructive, then yes, she is Queens legendary, but not quite in the league of the other asshole BP’s like Mane, Schulman and the Katz, who seems to have combined all the wonderful qualities of the previous three and upped the ante.

So her is more bullshit on Marshall courtesy of the LEGENDARY QUEENS PRESS and media hack, Marcia Moxam Comrie and right hand woman of the Queens Borough State Sponsored Media, providing legendary bullshit for years. I don’t this there is a toilet capable of handing this much shit.

The team of “Arsenic and Old Lace”.

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From Queens Press:

Death Of A Legendary Queens Borough President

A Personal Perspective
By MARCIA MOXAM COMRIE

Helen Marshall died last weekend on March 4. It seems fitting that she made her exit from this life during Women’s History Month as she was indeed a highly-accomplished woman.

In March 2002, just two months after being sworn in as Queens borough president, Marshall participated in Inner Circle, the New York City media’s annual political roast.

At one point during the show, there appeared an elderly woman in a house dress, ambling across Queens Boulevard with the aid of a walker. Traffic screeched, horns blared and New Yorkers yelled angrily at the woman so recklessly crossing the “Boulevard of Death” as it was then known for the many pedestrians killed while trying to cross the multi-lane thoroughfare.

When the woman had finally made it safely across, she threw away her walker, ripped off her house dress and wig to reveal the perfectly erect, well-coifed Helen Marshall. She chuckled and yelled, “Don’t mess with me.”

Written by Dan Andrews, Queens Borough Hall’s resident media expert, who was among the writers for the event, the skit was a perfect metaphor for Marshall’s political career. She knew how to get what she wanted and people underestimated her at their own risk.

Neither literally nor figuratively was Marshall a smooth-talking politician. But she had a way of getting ahead in the cut-throat world of New York politics without losing her integrity.

She began her career as a school teacher and made her way to a seat in the New York State Assembly, where she served for several terms. In 1991, she saw an opportunity to move into city politics when redistricting opened up new City Council districts. She would go on to represent Council District 21 for two terms.

But she wasn’t ready to give up serving the people of Queens yet. Marshall secured the support of the Queens Democratic Party to run for the Queens borough presidency to succeed the term-limited Claire Shulman, who was fondly known as “The Queen of Queens.” Marshall, to many, did not seem to have what it took to follow in those hallowed footsteps. But once again, she fooled the naysayers.

Helen Marshall, the daughter of Guyanese immigrants, became a formidable borough president in her own right and served her beloved borough honorably in that role for 12 years.

She became the patron saint of libraries, public colleges, K-12 education, the arts and the entire borough of Queens. Much was made of the fact that Marshall was the “first African-American borough president of Queens” and, indeed, there was that. And while she embraced the distinction, it was not enough to rest on. It never is. Helen worked hard and one could argue that she was as diverse as Queens itself.

Losing her mother in early childhood, Marshall was reared by her father and a loving step-mother, an African-American woman with southern roots who was the only mom she knew and the only parent she had after her father died while she was still in her teens. Marshall reveled in the opportunities to celebrate the numerous cultures that made up her Queens domain. There was no group that was more or less important to Helen Marshall. She loved all.

And then there was Don, her beloved husband of umpteen years who, as a respected NYPD retiree, became her primary evening driver. As a result, he became almost as well known as the borough president herself. He predeceased her by mere weeks, so they are together again. May they both rest in peace.

ENOUGH WITH THE BULLSHIT ACCOLADES ABOUT DEAD FORMER QUEENS BP HELEN MARSHALL WHO WAS NOTHING BUT A FUCKING FRAUD

Queen Borough President Helen Marshall. “Dazed & Confused.”

Doesn’t matter Republican or Democrats, but these elected hacks are always stating how great these deceased frauds, like Helen Marshal are, when in reality THEY WERE NOT. Marshall along with waiting for her to drop dead, another Queens BP hack, Claire “Bulldog” Schulman, were HACKS of epic proportions who could care less about Queens or their constituents and who were in the pockets of the Real Estate Lobby and who knows how much in kickbacks these slugs got. I mean below is where dead Marshall spent her last couple of years in California. Pretty nice, a gated community.

The article below states:

Helen Marshall has left a legacy that touched thousands in the borough and reached across the city to the state.

She certainly did, this kind of legacy:

41505 Carlotta Drive, Palm Desert CA

Again here is TRUTH & REALITY, not the bile and BS coming from hack elected officials mouths, like BP Melinda Katz (cut from the same cloth), who praise what a wonderful public servant Marshall was. BUT us folks who are not the typical Queens Sheeple who follow every single word these hacks say and get bamboozled in the process, know better.

So take a look at one of your hack fearless leaders. The legacy of Helen Marshall, Civic Virtue & Steinway Mansion, gone & partial destroyed, respectively. Brooklyn would not treat their history as the a-hole electeds of Queens do. MARSHALL, in a long line of fraud Borough Presidents, who sold this borough out to the highest developer and crapped on the people.

MEDUSA IS DEAD.

And remember you fucking hacks.

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From Queens Times Ledger:

Helen Marshall remembered as champion of libraries

Borough Hall is planning a celebration of life to remember former Borough President Helen Marhall’s life after she died last weekend at 87.

 

Helen Marshall has left a legacy that touched thousands in the borough and reached across the city to the state.

The funeral for former Borough President Helen Marshall will be private but a New York memorial service is currently being planned and will be announced at a later date. The tribute may be held in the $23 million Helen Marshall Cultural Center, the 11,000-square-foot atrium at Borough Hall which was dedicated last September.

Marshall, who served as Queens borough president for 12 years after many nearly two decades as a Democratic lawmaker at the city and state levels, died Saturday in a Palm Desert, Calif. hospice. She was 87.

A former teacher, she spent her years in public office with a sharp focus on education and expanding library services in Queens.

Marshall was the first African-American borough president of Queens and the second woman to occupy the post in the most ethnically diverse county in the country.

“Helen Marshall was a larger-than-life figure in the civic life of Queens and the State of New York,” said Melinda Katz, who succeeded Marshall as the borough president. “During her decades in public life, Helen fought tenaciously to improve our children’s schools, to address seemingly intractable quality-of-life issues and to secure a fair share of City resources for Queens.”

When Marshall first became borough president in 2001 she had a list of priorities. “We lovingly dubbed it the Marshall plan for Queens,” former Chief of Staff Alexandra Rose said. Rosa said Marshall set up the War Room, a hold-over from the administration of previous Borough President Claire Shulman, where she and her staff developed strategy on how to address overcrowded schools, and the Green Room for working on issues involving parks and open space.

“She spent more than half her life in public service, but she was more than just a politician, she was a wonderful human being,” Shulman said. “She treated everyone who came to her with their problems with great care. She was just a very, very, very kind-hearted woman and a really hardworking woman.”

Born in the Bronx on Sept. 30, 1929, she was educated at Queens College and taught until she became the first director of the Langston Hughes Library in Corona.

“Helen’s legacy as the champion of East Elmhurst, Corona and all of Queens goes back for more than 30 years. Her hard work led to the establishment of many emblematic institutions in our community, including Langston Hughes Community Library & Cultural Center and Elmcor Youth & Adult Activities, Inc,” City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst) said. “Helen changed the lives of thousands of Queens residents, including my own. Helen launched my political career when she appointed me at 14 years old to serve on the Corona Youth Council. She was a mentor, a friend, but most of all, she was family. I am honored to occupy the City Council seat that she once held.”

Marshall was a state Assemblywoman from 1983 until 1991, then ran for a seat in the City Council, where she served from 1992 to 2001.

“Helen Marshall was as big-hearted, dynamic and brave as the borough of Queens, which she represented with such determined grace for three decades in many roles,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

Marshall, who was known as simply Helen to her colleagues and constituents, directed the affairs of Queens County from Borough Hall for three consecutive terms from 2002 to 2014. It was often noted that Marshall’s terms were bookended by the tragedies of the Sept. 11 attacks and Superstorm Sandy.

“Our borough lost one of its biggest champions, but she will continue to live on in our hearts and her presence will continue to be felt throughout the countless communities she touched,” U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) said. “In her more than three decades of public service she broke barriers, embraced the strength of our diversity, and guided our borough through unprecedented growth. She also fought hard to ensure we got our fair share and she is leaving behind an incredible legacy of helping those in need.”

In 2013, the Center for an Urban Future reported that Marshall had directed more funding towards the borough’s library projects that the previous four borough presidents combined.

“Queens Library would not be the world-class library system it is today without Helen,” Queens Library President Dennis Walcott said. “She believed in libraries as places where communities are empowered and inspired, where children can nurture a love of learning and discovery and where adults can gain the skills they need to adapt to a changing workforce. Her passion for libraries drove her to secure a record amount of capital funding to upgrade, expand or improve many of the 62 libraries throughout our system and to continue to open new ones.”

Marshall embraced her time as the chief executive of the nation’s most diverse county. One of her favorite accomplishments was creating the Queens General Assembly, a cross-cultural exchange established in 2013.

“She founded the Queens General Assembly to give every community in our borough a seat at the table and she created the Borough Hall Immigration Task Force to help new arrivals to our country,” Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) said. “We are all building on the foundation she helped lay.”

On her page on the History Makers website, the nation’s largest African American video and oral history collection preserving and sharing the life stories of thousands of African Americans, Marshall’s favorite quote is featured.

“If you see Queens, you see the world,” she said.

Marshall is survived by her two children, Donald Jr. and Agnes Marie. Her husband, Donald, died recently.

Donations can be made in the name of Helen M. Marshall to Elmcor Youth & Adult Activities, Inc. at 33-16 108th Street, Corona 11368. Cards and letters of condolences can be sent to the Marshall family at 31-17 Buell St., East Elmhurst, NY, 11369.

 

HERE LIES SOME OF DEAD AS A DOORKNOB FORMER QUEENS BP HELEN MARSHALL’S SHITTY LEGACY

Queen Borough President Helen Marshall. "Dazed & Confused."

Queen Borough President Helen Marshall. “Dazed & Confused.”

Again here is TRUTH & REALITY, not the bile and bullshit coming from hack elected officials mouths, like BP Melinda Katz (cut from the same cloth), who praise what a wonderful public servant Marshall was. BUT us folks who are not the typical Queens Sheeple who follow every single word these hacks say and get bamboozled in the process, know better.

So take a look at one of your hack fearless leaders. The legacy of Helen “DipShit Puppet” Marshall, Civic Virtue & Steinway Mansion. Brooklyn would not treat their history as the asshole electeds of Queens do. MARSHALL, in a long line of fraud Borough Presidents, who sold this borough out to the highest developer and shit on the people.

MEDUSA IS DEAD.

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QUEENS HOMELESS SHELTER ARMAGEDDON PART 2: 40 HOMELESS HOTEL SHELTERS IN QUEENS WAY MORE THAN ANY OTHER BOROUGH – BP MELINDA KATA “WHERE ARE YOU”

Just one sentence is needed for this:

“If it’s good for families, it’s good for Queens,” said Queens Borough President Melinda Katz.katz crap

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From Queens Crap & NY1:

40 hotels in Queens serve as shelters

From NY1:

The mayor is expected to unveil his homelessness plan on Tuesday. But before that, the city gave NY1 data revealing where all of the city’s homeless shelters are located and which neighborhoods are more burdened than others.

Queens is a hotbed of hotels turned into homeless shelters.

For the first time, thanks to a Freedom of Information Law request, NY1 is getting a look at where all of the approximately 650 sites that house the homeless actually are.

We uncovered most of the hotels are in Queens.

And de Blasio’s solution? Build 90 more permanent shelters throughout the city so his wealthy friends can continue to get rich off poor people’s misery. We wouldn’t want to actually reduce the number of homeless, now.

A MESSAGE FROM QUEENS BOROUGH PRESIDENT MELINDA KATZ: HER OPINION & MY REALITY IN PHOTOS

Found this political bullshit from the wonderful sell-out Queens Borough President Katz, no different from any of her other destructive sell out predecessors.

WHAT A LOAD OF CRAP, BULLSHIT and UNREALITY.

The only reality below are the documentation of photos. Where is HER DOCUMENTATION of the Bullshit lies?

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From City & State New York:

Opinion: Good for Families, Good for Queens

By Melinda Katz | May 05, 2015 |

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Melinda Katz is the Queens borough president.

You’ve probably noticed that the spotlight on Queens has been shining brighter these days.

The James Fobb Estate

The James Fobb Estate

MSN Money, Condé Nast Traveler, TimeOut New York and Streeteasy.com—they all agree that Queens is hot and on the move! In fact, Lonely Planet recently designated Queens the top destination for travelers to the United States. Let me be clear—they didn’t name New York City. They specifically crowned Queens.

Seagull River in SE Queens

Seagull River in SE Queens

And why wouldn’t they? Our neighborhoods are home to families that hail from over 120 countries and speak over 135 languages. And it’s the voices of these families that have been the focus of my first year, making sure their insights and needs are a part of government’s decision-making process.homelessonthetrain-2

Because of them, our litmus at Borough Hall is simply this: If it’s good for families, it’s good for Queens.image1

Queens offers a dynamic and attractive landscape for investment and job creation, which means better opportunities for families and visitors to live, work and play.garbage-1-23-17-003

It’s an exciting time for Queens. Great neighborhoods, shopping, professional sports, booming new businesses and nightlife, arts and an incomparable array of cuisines from all over the world. Queens is a unique borough, unlike any other, and we are proud of what we have to offer.sop-illegal-parking2

We don’t have to claim to be the center of the universe, but we are without a doubt the intersection of the world.illegal-parking1-16-17-007

We’ve made tourism a high priority of my administration because it is one of the strongest tools for growth. Together, we’re not only creating jobs, we’re building neighborhoods. And we’re doing that in a number of ways, especially since some of the city’s hottest projects are being built in Queens.garbage-1-2-17-002

The potential is incredible—we have untapped prime real estate in Maspeth and in the Rockaways. Thriving transit and business hubs in downtown Jamaica and Long Island City. Skilled workforces across trades and from all over the globe. Diversified economic engines in Flushing and Jackson Heights. And forward-thinking public-private partnerships that produce projects like Astoria Cove.south-ozone-park-car

In Long Island City of western Queens, we’re building the city’s leading tech ecosystem, encouraging access, innovation and entrepreneurship. Over 50 startups like Krate, Digital Natives and Shapeways 3D Printing have already hatched in Queens. And that’s just the beginning. By leveraging western Queens’ ample space for growth, its projected development, and its proximity to the Cornell NYC Tech campus, we will steer our borough into the competitive lane of the digital age.hillside-garbage12-4-16-011

In downtown Jamaica, we recently unveiled the Jamaica Now Action Plan, an aggressive and holistic 21-point plan to stimulate smart growth and improve livability in Jamaica, Queens. Everyone has long recognized Jamaica’s inherent potential for smart growth. It is one of the remaining prime commercial hubs that offer housing, amenities and transportation. Jamaica really has some of the most strategically positioned—while affordably priced—real estate left in the city.trucks11-24-16-003

So we shored up that will and now we finally have a way. The plan is a focused commitment backed up by real resources, and reflects the city’s strong commitment to revitalize Jamaica’s downtown core and make it even more attractive to investors, even more livable for existing residents and businesses.fobb-garbage-nov16

To augment the plan, we announced an additional agreement with Mayor Bill de Blasio on including the downtown Jamaica corridor into phase 1 of the LinkNYC rollout, making capital improvements at the southern lawn of Rufus King Park, enhancing Brinkerhoff Mall for more public and programmatic use, and committing resources for marketing and branding to enhance tourism, especially to our treasured cultural institutions.

Huge pile of cement has been like this for over five years.

Huge pile of cement has been like this for over five years.

All this and much more is on the near horizon.Dynamic Collision4

Government recognizes, however, that the quality of our infrastructure can either keep us competitive or stifle our growth. Significant investment at our airports is a critical priority for our city that affects all industries.Teddy and Trash7.17.16 023

Take, for example, John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports, New York City’s gateways to the world. About 48,000 people are employed at both airports combined. To the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region, their economic activity contributes $53 billion every year by generating about 372,000 total jobs and $19 billion in annual wages and salaries.Sutphin Garbage

Yet the investments in these gateways have fallen short. The Port Authority’s total capital investments in JFK to date has been a paltry $7 billion; in LaGuardia, $1.4 billion. These investments simply have not kept up with growth.

LIRR under Van Wyck

LIRR under Van Wyck

World-class airports are necessary to keep our great city globally competitive, and I applaud the governor and the Port Authority for investing additional billions of capital to redevelop LaGuardia’s central terminal and airport infrastructure.

As we move forward, the opportunity guised as a challenge for government is to keep Queens competitive as the most attractive option for families to not just move to, but more importantly to stay in.garbage and trucks7.1.16 013

And so we stand united and committed in our determination to keep this a borough of families, for families. Because we know that if it’s good for families, it’s good for Queens.garbage and trucks7.1.16 008

 

Melinda Katz is the Queens Borough President.

Vacant "condo" where Con Ed has put up a sign that "electricity of off due to lack of payment. Can you say ghetto B&B.

Vacant “condo” where Con Ed has put up a sign that “electricity of off due to lack of payment. Can you say ghetto B&B.

Parked all last weekend from Friday thru Monday.

Parked all last weekend from Friday thru Monday.

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KATZ’S BULLSHIT STATE OF THE BOROUGH WITH THE USUAL SUSPECTS & ONE COUNCIL CANDIDATE STATING “TIME TO INVESTIGATE KATZ”, HER OF THE NOT FOR THE PEOPLE BUT DEVELOPERS AND PROFITEERS

Don’t know if anyone wasted their time going to Melinda Katz’s bullshit State of the Borough at York College on Friday, which obviously was filled with ass kissers and do nothing  puppet elected officials, but from what I read, it was just the typical political bullshit,  but then should you be surprised. But one council candidate, Paul Graziano, had this to say on Katz’s push for some kind of monster stadium on public property to make the wealthy even more wealthy (which is pretty much asshole con man Donald Trump’s, our “let me clear my throat”, president, entire agenda). SIDENOTE: FOLKS, wake up, Trump has already proven in his first week in office just how dangerous & irresponsible he really is for this country and the entire world.

“Borough President Katz’s push for yet another stadium in Willets Point on property that was essentially stolen from small businesses for the supposed use of creating a new affordable residential community — a plan that she herself negotiated in 2008 as the Land Use Chair on the City Council! — would be almost comical if it weren’t so disturbing,” said Paul Graziano, an urban planning consultant, plaintiff in the lawsuit and City Council hopeful.

“Law enforcement officials should look very carefully at possible collusion between the Borough President’s office and the developers in question, as this seems to be yet another attempt at grabbing our city’s public property in order to further enrich a few very already wealthy individuals at our expense,” Graziano, who is running as a primary opponent against Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) in September, continued.

We need more people like Graziano and Senator Tony Avella, instead of the spineless, do nothing and corrupt elected officials that fill our offices, especially in the dirty SE Queens. BUT then look at what we have in office for the highest position in the country. No wonder the Domesday clock moved 30 seconds closer to midnight (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/01/26/the-doomsday-clock-just-moved-again-its-now-two-and-a-half-minutes-to-midnight/?utm_term=.b2c8cc844e15).

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From Queens Courier:

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Queens Borough President Melinda Katz gave her State of the Borough Speech at York College on Jan. 27.

Anyone who keeps up with the news in the “World’s Borough” knows that Queens has become a hot spot for tourism and a popular destination for people and families looking for a more affordable option.

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz spoke about the borough’s recent popularity and more in her State of the Borough address on Jan. 27 at York College in Jamaica.

During her speech she listed a number of changes in Queens including the transformation of the skyline along the East River, the improvements to the New York State Pavilion, Arthur Ashe Stadium and the investments in Jamaica through the Jamaica Now Action Plan and LaGuardia and JFK Airports.

“We have been through some extraordinary changes,” she said.

She also highlighted the 5 percent increase in jobs since 2013, 34 planned hotels in the borough and $60 billion in economic activity from both airports. LaGuardia Airport is currently going through a $4 billion construction project, the first complete rebuild of any airport nationwide in more than 20 years.

In addition to LaGuardia Airport, JFK Airport will receive a $10 billion overhaul.

“It’s a new day for infrastructure in Queens, and we’re all on our way to creating best-in-class entry portals befitting of the international capital in the world,” Katz said.

Since the theme of the speech was “The Borough of Growth, The Borough of Families,” Katz also touted a number of programs implemented to aid families in Queens.

She highlighted the state of public schools, where two high schools including Townsend Harris High School and Queens High School for the Sciences are ranked among the Top 10 in New York State. Katz also pointed out challenges – Queens still has the highest overcrowding rate where elementary schools are at 119 percent capacity and high schools are at 111 percent capacity.

“So naturally, to stay competitive and meet growing demand, we’ve been pretty busy building up our schools,” she said.

Since 2013, 11 new schools were created and six existing schools have been expanded. A 461 percent increase in pre-K seats has resulted in 20,000 seats for toddlers and 43 classroom trailers have been removed.

Transportation options have also grown in the last few years, with Citywide Ferry Service being expanded through Long Island City, Astoria and the Rockaways. A new LIRR station will run through Elmhurst and the Main Street LIRR stop in Flushing has been renovated.

But she called on the Department of Transportation to come up with a borough-wide plan to make it easier for residents to travel on bicycle, train, bus and ferry.

“Queens is a transit desert,” she said. “Our subways reach only a third of the borough. The subways and buses we do have are overflowing due to ever increasing ridership. While I commend the Governor and the Mayor for putting forth ambitious transportation agendas, those individual projects shouldn’t be done in a vacuum.”

She requested a “comprehensive plan with a macro view, a citywide, coordinated transportation agenda for tomorrow that also addresses the unique challenges of each borough.”

Housing has also been a challenge in the borough, with rising rents and a growing population. Katz addressed the large homeless population in the city and the city’s reliance on hotels to house homeless families.

“The impact of this in Queens has been substantial,” she said. “In addition, we should also require a special permit to place hotels, which we don’t currently have. This would mean a mandate public review through ULURP, help guarantee community input and allow government to better monitor all hotel growth, citywide.”

Lastly, she called for leaders to “be unafraid to think bigger, bolder and more comprehensively” in terms of expanding Flushing Meadows Corona Park and Willets Point.

“We need to review positioning ourselves for success by thinking creatively about further options that address our changing borough’s needs – like a new school, an eco-recreation center, more parking to accommodate simultaneous events, because all those big events that we have now are wreaking havoc on the soccer fields and grass in Flushing Meadows for parking,” she said.

Public Advocate Letitia James and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz were in the audience, along with former Queens Borough President Claire Shulman, for whom Katz served as director of community boards. Almost all of the 14 Queens City Council representatives and various commissioners from city agencies were in attendance as well.

From Queens Chronicle:

BP Melinda Katz proposes soccer, hockey at Willets Point

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz in her State of the Borough address Friday proposed the placement of a soccer and hockey arena at Willets Point, as well as a school, economic recreation center and a parking facility at the 62-acre site.

“New York City’s land is not limitless, and with the projected growth in our borough, this highly coveted area of Willets Point needs to be remediated and prepped for a cleaner future,” Katz said at her address at York College. “…We should be unafraid to think bigger … bolder … and more comprehensively.”

Her idea, of which there were very few details, could face significant pushback.

Right now, the nearby parking lot for Citi Field, which is technically parkland, is being eyed for a 1.4 million-square foot mega mall. Preservationists, who say any such development would require approval from the Legislature due to the land’s status, have sued to block the project, called Willets West.

Those opponents of the plan, led by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), scored a major victory in 2015 when the state Appellate Division ruled the project illegal but the developers, Queens Development Group, successfully petitioned the Court of Appeals to hear their argument. The case remains there.

The developers say the Willets West project is financially necessary in order to move ahead with development at Willets Point itself.

Katz, in her address, said, “… as we await the outcome of the lawsuit, let’s ponder additional options.”

“We should be unafraid we should think bigger, bolder and more comprehensively,” she later said. “We need to review positioning ourselves for success by thinking creatively about further options that address our changing borough’s needs — a new school, an eco-recreation center, more parking to accommodate simultaneous big events that we have there now, because all those big events that we have now are wreaking havoc on the soccer fields and grass in Flushing Meadows for parking.

“And to help pay for it, let’s consider a soccer stadium, let’s consider a hockey stadium” she said. “Just imagine if we, the World’s Borough, hosted the World Cup or the Stanley Cup.”

A soccer stadium was previously proposed at nearby Flushing Meadows Corona Park, but that plan fizzled out following massive community opposition.

At the bare minimum, Katz said of Willets Point, the old Iron Triangle, “Let’s clean it up.”

One opponent of the mall project quickly criticized the borough president’s proposal.

“Borough President Katz’s push for yet another stadium in Willets Point on property that was essentially stolen from small businesses for the supposed use of creating a new affordable residential community — a plan that she herself negotiated in 2008 as the Land Use Chair on the City Council! — would be almost comical if it weren’t so disturbing,” said Paul Graziano, an urban planning consultant, plaintiff in the lawsuit and City Council hopeful.

“Law enforcement officials should look very carefully at possible collusion between the Borough President’s office and the developers in question, as this seems to be yet another attempt at grabbing our city’s public property in order to further enrich a few very already wealthy individuals at our expense,” Graziano, who is running as a primary opponent against Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) in September, continued.

Avella called it a “non-starter,” citing the opposition to the failed Flushing Meadows Corona Park stadium.

“I don’t think that will fly with the community,” he said. “I’m sort of surprised the borough president would suggest a stadium.”